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Colin H. Gilbert

Real estate Attorney at Palatine, IL

4.5   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2006
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    I am equipped to handle closings, foreclosures and short sales, property tax disputes, commercial leasing litigation, and represent landlords in eviction matters.

    18 years

  2. Debt collection
    I represent creditors to help handle bankruptcy and credit disputes, manage their account receivables and mitigate their losses.

    18 years

  3. Litigation

    18 years

  4. Other

DGAA Law, LLC is a fully integrated law practice providing exceptional service and legal counsel.  Combined, we have over 68 years of experience in Illinois. Entrust us with your case and see the difference that comes with experience and reputation not only in law, but in the community. We understand legal matters can be overwhelming, but with our lawyers providing guidance to deliver results, you can enjoy peace of mind.

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Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC
4811 Emerson Ave
Suite 110
Palatine, IL, 60067

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4.5 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Real Estate attorney
I have not only hired Colin on 3 separate occasions (2 real estate transactions and 1 debt collection) but have had 7 colleagues / friends / family use him to represent them on their own home purchases / sales. I found him through one of these referrals. He is honest, accessible and straightforward. He is THE BEST at what he does.
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Posted by Michelle | December 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Real Estate Lawyer
There is no question who I call when a real estate lawyer is needed. My husband and I have hired Colin Gilbert 3 times over the past 4 years! He helped us through the legal aspects of purchasing our first house, selling our condo (which was unfamiliar territory as a result of a cash, no agent involved, deal), and selling a rental property. Mr. Gilbert always made himself available to answer questions, and communicated promptly and professionally. His presence at each closing ensured we were educated and comfortable with the transaction. I would highly recommend hiring Colin Gilbert.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate Agent
Colin does quite a bit of work in our area. I have had the privilege of working with Colin on both sides of the table. As an agent, there is quite a bit I need to do in order for a deal to be a success, it's 3 parts- client, agent ans attorney. Colin is clear, specific and reliable. He gives/ offers the real picture and sticks to ethics. In this biz, many agents disappear when things get mucky and clouded, when they should br guiding their client's. and many times, holding clients accountable Colin and his team stick through to the end and they deliver results. I like to work with conscientious professionals that stick to principles and ethics. I would hire, refer and work with Colin any day of the week.
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Posted by Jim | April 16, 2013
Business Owner
Colin has always been able to explain my legal issues in terms I can relate to and understand. This has been critical in determining the course of action we have taken both legally and financially.
Posted by Matt | April 1, 2013
Couldn't be more Pleased with a Lawyers Character!!
I've used Colin for a number of legal matters. He's closed every property purchase I've made in Illinois. I've discussed business structure, employee contracts vs independent contractor contracts, and confidentiality agreements. He's been extremely responsive and is always trying to look out for my best interest even when it means he might make a few dollars less. He's graciously given me liability advice (unsolicited) regarding my Non-profit organization. As a young physician who runs a conglomerate of companies I've tested Colin's character and knowledge across the board of attorneys I consult with, not just around Chicago but the country, and his character and willingness to do the extra to ensure you are satisfied sets him apart like no other. He will be a staple in my legal team and my primary council for the rest of our lives.
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Posted by Jay | March 14, 2013
Real Estate Dealings
We hired Colin H Gilbert to represent us in the process of trying to purchase real estate in late 2012. We were first time home buyers in Illinois, and did not know some of the process. Mr. Gilbert was able to answer the questions we had, and guide us through the entire process. He was professional, and personable. We would recommend him to anyone buying or selling a home.
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Posted by Simon | March 8, 2013
I've used Colin's services on several occasions and he's always been quick to respond to my questions. He explains things to me in terms I can understand rather than using legal jargon. In response to one of my requests for service, he admitted that he was not an expert in a particular area and advised me to use someone who specialized in what I was looking for. He went so far as to give me several references. Colin shows appreciation for his customers and treats them accordingly. I recommend using Colin's services!
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Posted by Jason M. | March 7, 2013
True Professional!
Colin handled the real estate closing for me and my wife. His professionalism and knowledge of the law is unmatched. He did an excellent job of simplifying and communicating the process leading up to closing. I would recommend Colin and the DGAA services to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home.
Posted by Megan | March 7, 2013
We have worked with Colin on getting our house legal work done and was very happy with his work.
Posted by Gordon | March 7, 2013
Colin Provides Excellent Service, Professionalism and Successes.
My company, LMC, as well as for me personally, would highly recommend Colin Gilbert. We have utilized his services for the past few years, as needed, for both corporate work and litigation in local courts in Cook, DeKalb and Winnebago counties. What we like about Colin is that he is very practical and empathic to our needs. Highly regard him keeping us fully informed on status. His recommendations are to protect our business and personal assets and will negotiate, when necessary, to meet our best interests. His fees and invoicing are competitive and reasonable for the high competency and professionalism of his firm’s services.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Does not take contingency collection cases
Mr. Gilbert was the only atty who replied of the 5 I inquired of about accepting a $17K collection case on a contingency basis. He only works on them on an hourly basis.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would not recommend Colin Gilbert
Colin represented us in a real estate purchase. When a issue with the contract arose, Colin was quick to clarify the he "does not litigate". This contradicts what is on his profile. Colin was condescending, uncooperative and smug. He did the bare minimum for our transaction. Search for another lawyer.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Kenneth B. Drost, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2013


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Chanticleer Townhome Assoc.
  • Judgment in favor of Plaintiff


  • Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois Creditors Bar Association
  • Board Member / Technology Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Board Member / Mock Trial Chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Alpha Sigma Phi Alumni Board
  • Vice President
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Alumni of the Month (March)
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • 2013
  • Firm of the Month
  • Illinois Creditor's Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Emerging Businessof the Year
  • Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • 2013
  • Future of the Bar Award
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • 2012
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  • Daily Herald Business Ledger
  • Commercial Leasing in the Chicago Suburbs
  • 2014
  • Social Networking for Law Firms
  • Case Study of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day
  • Current Issues in the Legal Field
  • 2013
  • Destination CLE
  • Drivers License Reinstatement
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Litigation Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colin helps each of his clients navigate our legal system and continuously goes above and beyond on for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Friend
"Having known Colin since we started law school years ago, he is an honest, intelligent and decent man and a great lawyer. He has shown himself over the years to be a person you can trust and rely on, and conducts himself in both a friendly and professional manner. Any client would be in good hands with Colin representing them."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Colin has extensive knowledge and experience assisting corporations and finance companies collecting debts and enforcing judgments. He is a trusted professional in all areas. His work and dedication to the Arlington Heights community is unmatched."
Debt collection Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colin and I went to law school together. I would recommend him to any business client looking to get paid. His knowledge of the debt collection techniques is impressive. When results matter, hire Colin!"
Litigation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Colin is a true professional and a talented lawyer. He is highly respected in the legal community and I endorse him. Matthew L. McBride McBride Law Offices, P.C."
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Palatine Real estate Lawyer Colin H. Gilbert
Colin H. Gilbert
Real estate Attorney
Palatine, IL
Licensed for 18 years